In 1987, the LDV automobile company was founded in Great Britain, which was part of one of the largest car giants in the United Kingdom - British Leyland. However, the first cars of the company were presented much later, after the alliance with the Korean company Daewoo was concluded, and the cargo division of the Rover company became part of LDV.
In 1998, the production of Maxus models - a line of commercial vans and minibuses - was launched. The cars were equipped with Daewoo power units, which were produced under license from the American concern General Motors.
In 2005 the company started production of the second generation Maxus, but due to financial difficulties, "LDV" was put up for auction, which was won by the Russian "GAZ Group", which established the production of cars of the brand in Nizhny Novgorod. However, by 2009, after the start of the global economic crisis, the British brand was again put up for auction, and the Indian company Mahindra was to become the new buyer. However, the deal fell through, and LDV started bankruptcy proceedings.
In 2010, the production facilities and all the patents of LDV were bought out by the Chinese concern SAIC, which resumed production of the company's commercial models. In addition, thanks to large financial injections, the company managed to reach the third place in terms of sales of commercial vans. And in 2012, the third generation of the Maxus line was announced.